Disaneng Headman appreciates the Community Systems Strengthening Initiative
As part of the team which visited the Ngamiland district with the Global Fund oversight committee recently, our Marketing, Advocacy and Communications Assistant Malebogo Mokgele had an opportunity to chat with Disaneng Ward in Maun headman Kgosi Tatlhego Raphenya.
The conversation with Kgosi was to solicit his views and thoughts on the services that ACHAP is implementing in the district especially his ward. ACHAP is implementing a Community System Strengthening program in the district. The program is an approach that promotes the development of informed, capable and coordinated communities and community-based groups and structures. The program is interactive and empowers communities to engage with pertinent health issues affecting them with the view to develop initiatives to solve them.
The youthful and vibrant Raphenya embraced the program and service that ACHAP is providing to his community. He appreciated that the program provides them a platform to identify, discuss and explore the main causes and underlying issues behind their health challenges as a community. “I am very grateful for this program in our community as it provides an opportunity to identify all the health problems that are affecting us in our ward. It enables linkages with the relevant service providers/personnel to close the gaps identified within the community structures since facilitators make relevant referrals when they encounter cases that needs urgent attention especially during household visits.” Raphenya said.
Quizzed on whether the program brought any changes to his community, Raphenya posited that indeed there is a difference as the community is empowered to collectively bring about positive health outcomes to health problems they are experiencing through group discussions.
In conclusion the headman hailed the Community Facilitators for the work they are doing in his ward. He mentioned that they have a wonderful working relationship with them because they are well-groomed and dedicated to their work.